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Van der Dussen says there was no complacency in SA's 2nd innings collapse

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Rassie van der Dussen. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Rassie van der Dussen. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
  • Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen said they weren't complacent with how they approached their second innings in the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia on Sunday.
  • Van der Dussen's unbeaten 75, along with Kagiso Rabada's 40 rescued the Proteas from the depths of 73/7.
  • The Proteas' total of 174 left the West Indies with 324 to win and tie the series.

Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen said there wasn't an air of complacency with how they approached their batting on a hectic third afternoon of the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia on Sunday.

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South Africa collapsed from 33/1 to 73/7 before a 70-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Van der Dussen (75*) and Kagiso Rabada (40) helped South Africa score 174 in their second innings.

That left the West Indies needing 324 to win and they were 15/0 when stumps were drawn.

Van der Dussen joined the fray at the fall of Dean Elgar's (10) wicket to Kemar Roach, but had to watch the unheralded Kyle Mayers (3/24) scythe through the middle-order.

Van der Dussen said the West Indies bowled well and utilised the conditions as best as they could.

"We grafted hard in the first two days and played some good cricket to get ourselves into a good position," he said.

"We knew if we could back it up with one more day, we'll go a long way in terms of putting ourselves in a strong position to win.

"It wasn't complacency at all. They bowled very well and it could have been easy for them to say it's the third day on the field and go through the motions.

"The conditions gave them a bit of assistance and at times, you just have to say well played to the opposition."

Did the Proteas bat carelessly? Not according to Van der Dussen, but with the 149-run lead, they also needed to bat assertively because of the movement in the air and off the tricky Daren Sammy Cricket Ground pitch.

They also had to contend with excellent West Indian fielding.

"We wanted to play like we're on the front foot, but with the wind, the Dukes ball swings quite a bit," Van der Dussen said.

"There could have been one or two shots too many, so it ended up going their way because of good bowling and excellent fielding.

"It could have gone either way, but at the end of the day, we came into the game in a strong position."

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